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Number of Pages: 208
|Publication Date: 2014|
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Is loving yourself really the solution to all your problems?
In the world of popular psychology, there are few things more protected or indulged than that fragile little trait known as self-esteem. Today, its not the sin of pride we worry about, but the sin of not liking ourselves enough.
In Ego Trip, psychiatrist Glynn Harrison takes aim at what has become one of Western societys most entrenched ideologies. He charts the rise of this ubiquitous value, arguing that the science underlying it is flawed, that there is little evidence efforts to promote self-esteem work, and that, in its popular form of boosterism, self-esteem promotion comes with hazardous and unwanted side effects.
Is there a more biblically and psychologically secure approach to big questions of significance and worth? Dr. Harrison asks.
You will be intrigued, challenged, and quite possibly freed by his conclusion: compared with the failed ideology of self-esteem, the gospel offers the foundation for personal significance and meaning.
Glynn Harrison, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol, UK, where he was a practicing consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is married to Louise.
GJorgeMedinaHouston, TXAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A must read for every ChristianNovember 22, 2013GJorgeMedinaHouston, TXAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Book Review: Ego Trip: Rediscovering Grace in a Culture of Self-Esteem
By Glynn Harrison
The culture of self-esteem has taken over America, and it is as popular as it is ineffective, according to psychiatrist Glynn Harrison. My guess would be that this book will not be a favorite of most of today's Christian counselors who, for the most part, have swallowed the self-esteem ideology hook, line and sinker. But dismissing the book out of hand would be a huge mistake, especially for those whose calling in life is helping those that are emotionally suffering.
The author is right that the struggle for significance and self-worth in our lives is what has given the theory of self-esteem a lot of steam (no pun intended) in modern society. From the secular world to the church we are immersed in the ideology that what people need more than anything else is to feel good about themselves.
The complex research that looked for hard evidence that the gospel of self-esteem delivered on its many promises came up empty and Harrison shares the findings; among them that what the culture of self-esteem has actually increased has been selfishness and narcissism.
What our modern society needs (and, yes, our churches too) is a return to sanity in the pursuit of self-realization by giving of themselves selfishly for the good of others. For those that have read the Gospels, that sounds a lot like the message of the Carpenter from Nazareth. Could it be that the solutions that Psychologists and Psychiatrists have been looking for was in the Word of God all along?
Read Harrison's book with an open mind (and with an open Bible); you will be blessed, and may be able to bless someone else that's still looking for the right answers in the wrong place.
Disclosure: The book was received for free from Net Galley book review program. The program does not require a positive review, only an unbiased one.